In today’s digital age, all of our memories are saved on our computer or our phone. Pictures from holidays past, special birthdays or life-changing moments all exist on some distant server across the world.
While you might not think about your memories like this, unfortunately, this is reality. You could print out all of your photos, but when you carry your phone with you everywhere and take hundreds of days, this becomes a bit unrealistic.
Because of how your memories are stored, they are under threat from being deleted, maybe by you, maybe not. As we all know, technology sometimes works against us and files get lost without any rhyme or reason.
Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent the devastating loss of a computer malfunction. A bit of extra care can ensure your memories are safe and sound and will last for years to come regardless of server errors or solar flares.
If you have a stockpile of memories from years of adventures and you want to make sure they are completely safe, read on to find out what you can do to avoid losing them:
While most people think it would never happen to them, hackers are actually one of the main reasons why people end up losing all the precious memories on their computer. Using a VPN will shield your internet activity from these hackers and protect your device from most external threats. VPNs are relatively cheap and also give you lots of added benefits.
One way to avoid losing memories is by saving them in another location. A backup server gives you a large amount of storage of which to store memories so that if they are lost from your computer or phone, you still have a backup. Installing a backup server in your home may not be an optimal solution for everyone, but for those with a lot of memories or files, this could be a great solution. This differs from a USB stick or hard drive as it is larger and has its own internet connection. You could simply transfer your memories from your PC to the backup server by dragging them to a different folder.
If a backup server seems a bit overkill, and you just had a handful of memories that you want to keep extra safe, maybe a hard drive is for you. These simple pieces of hardware are now very cheap and very small and can allow you to create a duplicate of your memories to save on an external device should they get deleted from your main PC or phone. While they may not have as much storage available as a complete backup server, these hard drives can store up to one terabyte of data while remaining small.
The final option is to store your memories in the cloud. While many people find the cloud hard to understand and don’t necessarily trust it, it is an effective and really simple way to back up your files. Think of it as a backup server that actually lives in Google or a similar companies’ server warehouses. Similar services include DropBox and Google Drive, and they allow you to simply drop your files into an online accessible folder to access from any device, anywhere and any time. If you have a lot of memories on your phone or PC, this is a perfect option to keep them all safe and to avoid losing them if your hardware breaks.
If you have a lot of precious memories laying around as image files on your old PC, it might be time to think about backing them up. Losing these precious memories could cause you an unbelievable amount of distress, so it’s worth putting in a bit of effort into making sure they are safe. A good way to do this is by creating duplicate instances of these images or video files and strong them somewhere else. So, if your PC is hacked or it brakes, you still have the files somewhere else. A backup server, external drive or cloud server are all good solutions to this problem. While backup servers are relatively expensive for most, they allow for a lot of storage. Cloud backups are the easiest to use and access for most people and pretty cheap.